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Freddy Sanchez Injury: 2B To Have Season-Ending Back Surgery, Giants Career Likely Over

Well, the news for San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez has gone from bad, to worse, to the absolute worst as it was reported on Thursday that he underwent back surgery to remove part of a disc in his back, completely removing all hope of returning to baseball this season, or the Giants in general for that matter.

According to CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly the surgery went as expected for Sanchez, but still comes as a very sad note to a injury-plagued career with San Francisco.

"Well, he's out for the year," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's been a long road for Freddy. I know he's disappointed. He certainly played a critical role in our success in 2010. He helped us win a World Series."

Sanchez was huge in the 2012 postseason for San Francisco, becoming the first player in major league history to hit three doubles in his first World Series game as well as his monumental two-out, ninth-inning single in Game 3 of the NLDS at Atlanta, which kept the game alive. Aubrey Huff hit a game-tying single afterwards, then the Giants won on Brooks Conrad's error.

In terms of returning to the club, Bruce Bochy wasn't going to speculate:

"You don't know what happens when the season's over," Bochy said. "We still remain optimistic, but this is a definite that we won't have him all year."

Freddy was a three time All-Star with the Pirates and won the NL batting title in 2006.

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